How has staying home been for you? Some may be struggling and at a loss of how to get their children to play independently. Some are trying their best to WFH amidst disruption and HBL woes. Whatever difficulties you have been experiencing, know that you are not alone. Jasmine from Three Minute Montessori had some great tips to share when she took over our Instagram page!
Encouraging Independence in Children at Home
Tip 1: Encourage Independent Play by placing open-ended play on low shelves
If your child has been beckoning you to play with him/her, how about encouraging independent play while you work. Place open-ended play on low shelves, the TV console or even on the floor. Jasmine’s tried and tested choices are: One puzzle, one building toy and art supplies!
Books on crowded shelves will not be read so frequently as compared to the ones displayed prominently. Pick kid-friendly reads especially the ones with beautiful covers to invite your child to read.
Take toys out of their boxes, or remove the box lids. When children can see what is inside the box, they are more likely to play.
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Tip 2: Encourage Self Service
Set up a self-service corner for little hands to help themselves to cups, water, bowls, snacks. Jasmine’s simple yet functional setup with a step stool, comprising of trays containing child-sized cups, utensils, cutlery are at the appropriate level. So the children can help themselves to drinks and even help to set the table for meals.
3MM’s hack is to put old face towels into a tissue box holder, for wiping of spills. The best thing about the towels is they are reusable and easily machine washable. We love this idea!
3MM’s Tips for Busy Parents
Thank you for sharing your tips, Jasmine. For more on the Montessori method at home, visit the 3MM Instagram page.